By Nicky twitter/ Last Updated July 22, 2021


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Why Move Files from Google Drive to Dropbox?

“I have thousands of files in Google Drive, but I have just installed Dropbox on my system and I'd like to move files from Google Drive to Dropbox. The question is how to move files from Google Drive to Dropbox in the simplest way. Thanks for your reply in advance!”

Cloud storage service offers users an easy way to back up their files, and also lets them access the files on any device, which is quite convenient. Recently, many users run multiple cloud storage accounts owning to same or different cloud drives to take advantage of the additional free storage or advanced features.

Meanwhile, people are gradually accustomed to file migration between two cloud services like Google Drive to Dropbox, Dropbox to OneDrive, Dropbox to Google Drive, etc. Here in this guide, we will focus on how to transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox. Just keep reading to get the effective methods.

How to Move Files from Google Drive to Dropbox?

Generally, there are three ways that you follow to migrate files from Google Drive to Dropbox. The first way is to download and re-upload files manually between cloud storage. The second way also needs downloading and re-uploading, but it supports downloading and uploading all data at once. The third way is the easiest way that can help you move files from Google Drive to Dropbox directly without downloading and uploading.

Method 1. Transfer Files from Google Drive to Dropbox Selectively

This way is a traditional but most common way. Before moving files from Google Drive to Dropbox, you should download the files you need from Google Drive and upload them to Dropbox manually via Google Drive and Dropbox web app. The following is the detailed steps:

1. Go to the Google Drive website and log in to your old Google Drive account.

2. Create a new folder to store all files under the root directory of your Google Drive. Collect all the files and put them into the new folder.

3. On the Google Drive page, click “My drive”. Then, right-click the files you need, click the “Download” button and wait for the process to complete.

Google Dive Download

Note: The Google server will compress all the files into a single zip file. When the download is finished, you can unzip the file and extract all your files from the single zip file.

4. Go to the Dropbox website and log in to your account with your email and password.

5. Click on "Upload" on the upper right corner and then you can choose to upload files or folders from your computer.

Dropbox Upload Files

Note: Every file or folder you choose to upload to Dropbox via the Dropbox website can not be bigger than 20 GB. You can use the desktop or mobile app if you want to add larger files or folders.

Method 2. Transfer Files from Google Drive to Dropbox – All Data at Once

If you want to move all the data in Google Drive to Dropbox at once and your account is a G Suite account, you can use Google Takeout to download all files from Google Drive to the local hard drive at once, and then, upload them to Dropbox via web app. To do it, follow the steps below:

1. Go to “Google Takeout”, click “Deselect all” and tick the checkbox at the right side of “Drive”, then click “Next Step”.

2. Select “Add to Dropbox” as the delivery method.

Add to OneDrive

3. Scroll down to “Link accounts and create export” and click it.

Link Accounts Create Export

4. Then, you will be asked to log in to your Dropbox account and Google Drive, please do so and click “Open in Dropbox” after the exporting process ends. Or you can go to your Dropbox and view the archived files.

Method 3. Transfer Files from Google Drive to Dropbox Automatically

Since there may be thousands of files or folders that you want to move, you'd better rely on a more convenient tool to avoid waste too much time. I highly recommend you use a professional cloud to cloud backup/sync tool like CBackup to transfer part or all data at once automatically.

CBackup is a comprehensive and professional cloud backup service that supports cloud to cloud backup, cloud to cloud sync as well as PC cloud backup. For cloud to cloud backup, it allows you to add multiple cloud storage accounts of OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive on its interface and then create a backup task to move files between any of the two accounts.

In addition, CBackup also offers many useful backup settings like scheduled backup, file filter, email notification, and so on to improve your backup efficiency and save backup space. What's more the cloud to cloud backup/sync features of CBackup are free, you can enjoy it easily by signing up for a CBackup account.

If you need to move files between the cloud storage supported by CBackkupper, don't hesitate to follow the steps to use it.

1. Get started with CBackup. Create a CBackup account for free and sign in.

Sign Up

2. Add and authorize your cloud drive account under the “My Storage” tab.

Add Cloud

Note: CBackup bases on standard OAuth system that can ensure your account’s security. There is no need to worry about personal information data disclosure.

3. Click on the “Backup Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click the “New Task” button to create the backup task.

Create Task

4. Name your backup task, click the “Add Source” button to add Google Drive as the backup source. CBackup also allows you to select a part of files on Google Drive as the backup source. Similarly, click the “Add Destination” button to add Dropbox as the backup destination.

Add Source and Destination

6. Click "Start Backup” in the lower right corner to perform the task.

You can click the “Settings” button before starting backup to enjoy “File Filter” features. It can help you exclude certain types of files or contain only specified types of files when transferring.
You can click the “Settings” button to set up a scheduled transfer task in Specific time/Daily/Weekly/Monthly mode. Then, data will be transferred at a regular interval or simply for a special timing automatically, saving both time and effort.
You can also enable email notification under “Settings”. Then, once the task succeeds or fails, you will receive an email from CBackup.

7. After backing up, you can easily restore the files that have been previously backed up to the original location or a new location easily with CBackup.



How to move files from Google Drive to Dropbox has been shown above. It is not hard to see that move files from Google Drive to Dropbox can be an easy job with CBackup. And if you have other cloud drives or FTP that CBackup supports, you can also directly backup Google Drive to other cloud drives. For example, you can backup Google Drive to OneDrive.